What are you listening to right now?

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Jackson’s original 1952 recording (a cover of someone else’s unreleased song) is s lot of fun, but for my money Aerosmith stomps the hell out that number in two minutes—a rare cover that is better than the original imho.

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Bass Ahoi

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Lyrics

Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne
Und die trägt er im Gesicht
Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer
Doch das Messer sieht man nicht.

An’nem schönen blauen Sonntag
Liegt ein toter Mann am Strand
Und ein Mensch geht um die Ecke
Den man Mackie Messer nennt.

Und Schmul Meier bleibt verschwunden
Und so mancher reiche Mann
Und sein Geld hat Mackie Messer
Dem man nichts beweisen kann.

Jenny Towler ward gefunden
Mit ’nem Messer in der Brust
Und am Kai geht Mackie Messer
Der von allem nichts gewußt.

Und das große Feuer in Soho
Sieben Kinder und ein Greis
In der Menge Mackie Messer, den
Man nicht fragt, und der nichts weiß.

Und die minderjähr’ge Witwe
Deren Namen jeder weiß
Wachte auf und war geschändet
Mackie welches war dein Preis?

Wachte auf und war geschändet
Mackie welches war dein Preis?

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Kurt Weill (2 March 1900 – 3 April 1950) always reminds me of Hans Werner Henze (1 July 1926 – 27 October 2012). Their dates overlap; they were both German (though Weill became a US citizen); they both incorporated jazz into their compositions; they both composed operas (and operettas); and through their music they both espoused a socialist vision of the world (though only Henze described himself as Marxist).

When I was in my mid-teenage years (1970s), I was obsessed with Henze’s music. For example…

Hans Werner Henze, El Cimarrón (1970, “The Runaway Slave,” written while Henze was living in Cuba), with score and English translation:

If the video above is too long, here’s a short highlight:

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https://www.songfacts.com/facts/donovan/lalena

Said Donovan: “I was fascinated with The Threepenny Opera as a socially conscious musical, so when I saw the movie version with Lotte Lenya I thought, OK, she’s a streetwalker, but in the history of the world, in all nations women have taken on various roles from priestess to whore to mother to maiden to wife. This guise of sexual power is very prominent, and therein I saw the plight of the character: ‘That’s your lot in life, Lalena/Can’t blame ya, Lalena.’ Women have roles thrust upon them and make the best they can out of them, so I’m describing the character Lotte Lenya is playing and a few other women I’ve seen during my life, but it’s a composite character of women who are outcasts on the edge of society: Bohemia.”

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I am not aware of these connections. There is a lot of knowledge and obession behind it. I only had one playlist running in which Mack the Knife (Die Moriatat von Mackie Messer) appeared. My mid-teens were in the 80s. So I was born at the end of the 60s :wink:

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The title was true enough (6 months/yr) - but not enamoured of the sound…

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Love the sound - not too sure past that!

Schenker at his best.

RSD2023 orange vinyl edition…

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